Adaltrudis de Neustrie

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Adaltrudis de Neustrie

Immediate Family:

Daughter of Berthar, Mayor of the Palace of Neustria and Anstrude de Neustrie
Wife of Drogo, duc de Champagne et Bourgogne
Mother of Arnoul ll de Champagne, comte de Chaumontois; Hugh de Champagne-Fontenelle, Fontenelle; Grimoald and Pepin de Champagne, de Herstal

Managed by: Sharon Doubell
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About Adaltrudis de Neustrie

ADALTRUDIS . Her origin is determined from the charter of "Childebertus rex Francorum" dated 14 Mar 697 which names "Drogus…socer suos…Bercharius…coniuge sui Adaltrute"[300]. On the other hand, the Annales Metenses name "Austrudem filia Warattonis quondam…maioris domus derelictam Bertarii" as wife of "Drogonem primogenitum suum [Pippini]"[301]. The Gesta Fontanellensium also names Adaltrudis, wife of Drogo, as "filia Warattonis [et] Ansfledis coniugis eius"[302], but the 697 charter is probably a more reliable source as, if it is correctly dated, it was written only a few years after the death of Berchar. m (after 688) DROGO dux in Champagne, son of PEPIN "le Gros" maior domus of Austrasia & his first wife Plectrudis (-24 Mar 708, bur Metz, Abbaye de Saint-Arnoul).

Anseflede had her son-in-law Berthechar murdered, because she wanted to replace him as the husband of her granddaughter, Adaltrudis, with Pépin II d'Héristal's firstborn, Drogo.

See the Discussion and the Anseflede, Anstrudis, Adaltrudis & the Mayors of the Palace of Neustria Project if you disagree.

Descent Line

1.Anseflede [1] m Waratton(-686) Mayor of the Palace of Neustria [2,3]

Their Story

Berthechar married Anstrude, the daughter of Waratton and Anseflede. In 686 [10], when Waratton died, there were succession disputes, and Anseflede, Waratton’s widow, (supposedly) arranged to have Berthechar – her son-in-law- appointed by King Theoderic III in Waratton’s place [11].

But Berthechar tried to return to the policy of Ebroin, former Mayor of the Palace - to submit to the central government . He thus alienated many of the Neustrian nobility who deserted to join Pépin. When the powerful Bishop of Reims went into exile and took refuge in Austrasia, he encouraged Pépin to go to war against Berthechar [12,13]. Pépin defeated Berthechar and King Theoderic at the battle of Tertry Vermandois in 687. Some of the factions fled to the nearby abbeys, Peronne and Saint-Quentin; while the rest, including Berthechar and King Theodoric III, retreated to Paris. Pépin followed them into the city, and a peace agreement was signed; the content of which is unknown, except that Berthechar was left in office. Once Theoderic and Berthechar were readmitted at court there were renewed disputes between the groups.

As a consequence of these events Pépin took over the office of Mayor of the Palace of Neustria. He did not, however, touch Theoderic’s position as king [14] . In order to negotiate peace with Pépin, Anseflede had her son-in-law murdered [15] and married either her daughter, Anstrudis (widow of Berthechar), or her granddaughter, 'Adaltrudis (daughter of Berthechar and Anstrudis) to Drogo, eldest son of Pépin. This secured Pepin's place in Neustria.

Footnotes in Anseflede, Anstrudis, Adaltrudis & the Mayors of the Palace of Neustria Project